Collaborate19: A different venue, a different vibe

by Barry Burke

There was an increased sense of anticipation in the runup to Collaborate19 this year. Everyone I had spoken to prior to the event was looking forward to visiting San Antonio. It’s a place of significance in American history, deep within the proud state of Texas.

On a personal note, San Antonio is a place I’d never been to before. The team and I were looking forward to it and expecting a very different vibe to Las Vegas. We were not disappointed. We really enjoyed our working week in Texas: beautiful river walks, the Alamo, the Mexican influence in the area and the friendly people all added a little spice to the event.

The opening keynote from Lyle Ekdahl traditionally sets the scene for the remainder of the conference. In recent years, Lyle and his team have shifted the focus of the keynote towards “the customer”; asking JD Edwards users to tell their own stories on stage and explain how they’re getting the best out of their continued investment in JD Edwards.

This is a very effective approach as customers provide practical examples of software adoption that demonstrates leadership in the community. This year featured some great examples from Edwards Life Sciences, Recology and Refinaria Nacional de Sal. All these companies were able to demonstrate innovation within their businesses, which transformed business processes, saved money, increased morale and freed up time for other important projects.

Throughout the week, Lyle and his team shared detail on announcements within the JD Edwards product set. Please see full details here

There were notable application-specific announcements for Joint Venture Management, Financials and Human Capital Management. These were accompanied by further innovations for Orchestrator, Notifications, Form Extensibility, Continuous Adoption and the ability to now launch orchestrations from a JDE Form. If you visit you will find a treasure trove of further information, videos, data sheets etc.

Continuous delivery, continuous adoption

During his keynote, Lyle pointed out that over 50% of the EnterpriseOne install base had made the move to release 9.2. With 70% of those on older releases committed to getting code current, the new paradigm of continuous delivery and innovation is in full swing at Oracle JD Edwards.

Here at DWS we’ve seen evidence of this mind-shift too. Both on the conference floor and at our stand, we noticed a definite shift in strategic thinking by customers. DWS has a reputation for innovation within the JDE community, especially in the areas of retrofitting, code-currency and test automation. A significant number of visitors to the stand were asking how our products could help deliver a practical, code-current strategy once on 9.2.

Of course, we were more than happy to explain how Dimension Focus, Dimension SwifTest and Dimension LoadTest enable customers to run smaller, faster and smarter JDE projects. Dimension Focus specifically addresses with the gnarly problem of how to deal with the impact of ESU’s on your modified footprint.

Our products are designed specifically for JDE E1 and complement the excellent tools being released by the Denver development team; helping customers simplify the migration to 9.2 then minimize customizations by using Citizen Developer tools.

In conversation with several customers at the event, I got the sense there was some disappointment that there hadn’t been a “big reveal”, like in previous years. I think this is something we need to get used to. We’re in a new era of incremental innovation when it comes to JD Edwards. Continuous delivery means smaller, more frequent innovations delivered year-round via tools releases and ESUs.

The roadmap session that Gary and Bob held showed the true depth of what has been delivered, what is planned and what is in development. We have never had this level of transparency in the user community before and it is something that should be applauded.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade to 9.2, embrace code-current as a service, or reduce the burden of testing within your JDE projects, DWS is here to help you make the most of your continued investment in Oracle JD Edwards.

If you want to leverage any of the latest Oracle functionality but feel that you need guidance, or you want to find out more about DWS products, please contact us.